Skin cancer is the most frequent form of malignancy among Americans.

It starts, when abnormal cells grow and reproduce out of your body's control. It is more likely to affect skin areas, exposed to sunlight, like face, lips, neck and arms. However it's possible to have skin cancer in genital area, palms and toes too.

There are three most most common types of skin neoplasm that depends on the cells, in which cancer occurs.

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Basal cell carcinoma affects basal layer, which normally divide, giving rise to new skin cells.

Squamous cell carcinoma develops in the outer skin area that constantly shed in normal cases.

Melanoma is the rarest and the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It occurs in pigment-contained cells (melanocytes), which give your skin its natural color.

Most skin cancers grow slowly and don't invade other tissue. But it's not about melanoma. This aggressive skin neoplasm often spreads out of its primary location, forming tumors in other organs, such as liver, lymph nodes, lungs and even brain.

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You’ve probably heard that skin cancer looks like new large moles with asymmetric borders, changeable color and irregular shape. It can also appear as new non-healing lesions and red scaly spots.

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In addition to this, skin malignancy (particularly melanoma) can sometimes cause other symptoms, not visible to the naked eye. Here are the most common of them:

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#1. New bumps – you may notice new horns and lumps, when touching the skin. Cancerous bumps usually have larger size and are really painful.

#2. Itchiness – basal cells carcinoma, as well as melanoma, may be unbearably itchy. It's worth examining your crusty red sores and mole, especially if you feel constant need to scratch them.

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#3. Fatigue – feeling extremely tired without any reason may be a first sign of cancer. Don't ignore your permanent fatigue, which doesn't become better after rest and sleep.

#4. Unexplained weight loss – as cancer progresses, it may cause inexplicable weight loss and lack of appetite.

#5. Swollen lymph nodes – it's not uncommon that skin cancer travels to near lymph nodes, enlarging them.

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#6. Nagging cough – melanoma often spreads to the lungs, you know. As a result, people may suffer from long-lasting cough and breathlessness.

#7. Bone pain – feeling pain anywhere in the body isn't normal in any case. Be aware that skin cancer has ability to invade the bones, leading to pain and fractures.

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